Surfboards keep getting smaller. So why not surfer’s homes, too? Actually, they are, at least for the lucky owners and renters of these diminutive, surf-adjacent dwellings. The tiny house fetish lends itself well to surfing — anything to have a base of operations near the waves. Lavish style is secondary, but is certainly part of the appeal in these gems. Salivate. Suppress jealousy. Find inspiration in the most jaw-dropping tiny homes near waves or perfectly suited for traveling to them.
Topanga CanyonJust up the canyon from one of L.A.’s most over-loved right points, architect Mason St. Peter designed this airy, effortlessly stylish box. It’s little more than plywood and nails. What more do you need?
This gem is located just up the canyon from one of L.A.’s best right points.
Santa Barbara, CaliforniaThis disgustingly stylish and livable trailer owned by a SoCal couple accommodates 10 surfboards and paddle boards. Did we mention that it’s disgustingly stylish and livable?
“Surf shack” does not begin to describe this smartly designed abode two Santa Barbara surfers call home.
Haleiwa, OahuPeep this 250-square-foot, Airbnb-listed treehouse-style bungalow. One hundred steps on a stone path lead to the digs, “nestled among black lava rock, shaded by deep green canopy of Banyan, mango, avocado trees.” Might actually be worth the $209-a-night price tag if Sunset is firing.
If Sunset is firing, this Airbnb-listed, jungle-ensconced tiny home might be worth the price tag.
Grayland, WashingtonWhether Grayland, Washington is the ideal place for a surf-tailored tiny home is subject to opinion. But what minimalist surfer wouldn’t dig this 8-by-20-foot converted shipping container built by architect Hartman Kable? This video shows how surfboard racks, a bed, table and bench are hidden in the walls. Underneath the house is a stash spot for extra gear storage.
Clean lines define this surf-equipped converted container on the Washington coast.
Navidad, ChileTwo surfer-brothers commissioned this two-bedroom, 530-square-footpad on the Chilean Coast. The second floor probably pushes the size of this house toward cabin, rather than strictly tiny home. Call it what you will. It won’t change how achingly sweet it is.
Two surfer-brothers dreamed up this number perched above the Chilean coast.
Kanagawa, JapanAppropriately called The Wave House, this 1,100-square-feet, beachside small home was conceived and designed around Dad’s hobby. A central courtyard helps the place breath and take in light, while giving wet, sandy people a place to change before coming inside. Having a beautiful house and kids need not dampen the stoke. And the stoke need not dampen the house and kids.
This ultra-stylish home (okay, it’s a touch big to be a tiny home) was designed all around nearby lineups in Japan.
Molecule Tiny HomesThe surfer-owner had surf checks in mind when he ordered this tiny home with one wall constructed of windows. To boot, it has an outdoor shower, solar panels, and fish-surfboard-shaped kitchen counter.
Surf checks are no problem from inside this surfer’s portable tiny home.